Surgeon Susan Lim's appeal to block SMC inquiry dismissed

SINGAPORE - The Court of Appeal has dismissed surgeon Susan Lim's appeal against the High Court's dismissal of her application for a judicial review.

The Straits Times reported today that Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong said in the judgement that the SMC had a statutory duty to appoint a new disciplinary committee.

The method by which the SMC appointed the second disciplinary committee was deemed to be proper and in accordance with the law by the appeal court.

Dr Lim will now have to face a Singapore Medical Council (SMC) disciplinary committee over allegations of overcharging.

She allegedly charged Pengiran Anak Hajah Damit $24.8 million for seven months of treatment, but argues that the figure was lower and included the cost of flying the patient between Singapore and Brunei.

According to the English daily, a complaint was lodged against her by the Ministry of Health for overcharging and she was brought before a disciplinary committee in 2010.

However, the committee stepped down after her lawyers alleged that it had prejudged the case.

The appeal court also dismissed Dr Lim's allegation that the SMC's decision was tainted by bias.